Harrogate hosts Countryside Live show

Aled Groucott trims a Beltex wether ram ready for Countryside Live

Aled Groucott trims a Beltex wether ram ready for Countryside Live

First published in News

Agricultural enthusiasts are descending on Harrogate for an action-packed weekend at the “little sister” of the Great Yorkshire Show.

Countryside Live, held today and tomorrow at the Great Yorkshire Showground, features a wide range of rural-themed activities and events.

The star attraction will see horse-shoeing experts compete for £25,000 in prizes in the British Team Farriery Championships.

About 100 competitors from the UK, Europe and the USA will be judged on their ability to make horseshoes and shoe horses.

There are also expected to be thrills and spills in the inaugural carriage-driving trials, which demands horse-drawn vehicles to manoeuvre around a challenging obstacle course.

Other attractions include chainsaw carving demonstrations, interactive workshops on the story of wool from sheep to catwalk and an X-Factor style show jumping competition.

Young visitors will be able to learn badge-making and chocolate-making in the Create and Explore pavilion, or visit the Farmyard Story Barn.

Meanwhile, some of Britain’s top cattle, sheep and horses will be competing for the prestigious red rosettes.

Show director Bill Cowling said: “This will be our 11th Countryside Live and there’s no doubt it’s a firm favourite on the autumn calendar, particularly with families as well as anyone with an interest in rural life. There’s already a real buzz as the preparations all come together.”

Anne McIntosh, MP for Thirsk, Malton and Filey and chairwoman of the environment, food and rural affairs select committee, will be attending and said: “Not only is this an opportunity for local farmers to demonstrate their best livestock and produce, it is a wonderful opportunity for children visiting with their families to come close up with animals and learn more about food and farming.”

Countryside Live is organised by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, which also co-ordinates the annual Great Yorkshire Show in July.

Tickets are available at the gate – adults: £10, children (5-18 years) £5 and family tickets for two adults and up to two children are £28.

Children aged under five are admitted free.

Parking is free and extensive.

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